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What are some examples of idealism vs. realism in Don Quixote?

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Posted August 1, 2007 at 3:54 PM via web

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What are some examples of idealism vs. realism in Don Quixote?

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 9, 2007 at 4:48 AM (Answer #3)

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Idealism is the "ideal" perfect situation. Realism is "reality"--how the world really is.

One obvious example of idealism is how Don Quixote believes himself to be a knight.  In reality, he is a skinny old man riding a malnourished old horse around the countryside.

He also chooses a "lovely" young lady in whose name he does all his grand deeds.  In reality, she has no clue he's doing this.

He fights a "dragon" to rescue the damsel.  In reality, the dragon is a windmill.

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